"My name is Marshall, and "I'm an addict."
Following his critically acclaimed Recovery, Eminem finally speaks out on his drug use and brings to life the intimate details of his struggle and his road to sobriety. In the Matthew Cooke directed documentary How To Make Money Selling Drugs, the "Lose Yourself" rapper reveals how caught up he got into an addiction that nearly cost him his life.
"When I took my first Vicodin, it was like this feeling of 'Ahh.' Like everything was not only mellow, but [I] didn't feel any pain," Eminem said in the film. "I don't know at what point exactly it started to be a problem. I just remember liking it more and more. People tried to tell me that I had a problem. I would say 'Get that f-----g person outta here. I can't believe they said that sh-- to me. I'm not out there shooting heroin. I'm not f-----g out there putting coke up my nose. I'm not smoking crack."
Eminem speaks on how his spiraling, crippling relationship with prescription drugs, and how mixing pills lead him to the hospital.
"Xanax, Valium, tomato, tomatoe, it's same thing ... F--- it, take it," he said. "Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died. My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything. They were gonna have to put me on dialysis. They didn't think I was gonna make it. My bottom was gonna be death."
Playing in select theaters How To Make Money Selling Drugs explores the facets of the “war on drugs.” The compelling documentary features interviews with Woody Harrelson, The Wire producer David Simon, Arianna Huffington, 50 Cent, and Russell Simmons.
Check Em in the footage above. --Andrew Asare